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Condo Smarts: Airbnb a business, not a rental

Dear Tony: We purchased our condo in 2013 with the understanding that our strata corporation could not impose any rental bylaws. We started using our condo as an Airbnb in 2015. In the summer of 2016, our strata corporation passed

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Singapore: Condos turn to by-laws as Govt mulls over rules on short-term home rentals

Unhappy with the sheer volume of tourists rotating through their condominium for short stays, the management committee of The Sail@Marina Bay decided to take things into their own hands, and last year passed a by-law to compel residents to present

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Anti-Airbnb law claims its first casualties (NY)

A Manhattan landlord and a former Corcoran realtor are the first casualties of a newly enforceable law meant to curb illegal Airbnb listings, The Post has learned.  Property owner Hank Freid — who was once crowned one of NYC’s “Worst

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Airbnb and VRBO and your Home: Regulating The Shared Economy

The “Shared Economy”— where economic and social activity occurs directly between individuals with the help of an online format— is reshaping our national economy. Today we can easily monetize everyday assets, including your car and home, in ways that were

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Attention Boards: your two favorite menaces have combined: Airbnb and Pets!

Whether I am giving a presentation to hundreds of people, teaching a class to dozens of managers or meeting privately with a board of directors, the two issues that have come up without fail over the last few months are:

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Condo units in the Timbers can now rent short term (CO)

The Mt. Crested Butte Town Council approved a new plat for the Timbers Condominiums that includes an amendment allowing for short-term rentals. The Mt. Crested Butte Planning Commission recommended approval of the second amendment to the plat, as well as

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AirBnB: Please Stay Away From Our Condos

It is estimated that over one million visitors came to Washington for the innauguration – some to applaud and some to protest our new President.  Where did all these people stay? Some were in hotels, although room rates in downtown

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The Rise of Short-Term Rentals

As sharing services such as Airbnb continue to grow in Toronto and elsewhere, there are more concerns from residents, politicians, and businesses. The Agenda assembles a panel to discuss what steps, if any, should be taken to handle the short-term

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Short-Term Rentals in Associations

Have you wondered whether it’s allowed to rent out your home on a short-term basis? After hearing so much in the news lately about short-term rentals arranged through websites or mobile apps such as Airbnb. The answer really depends on

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AirBnB’s in Denver? Not So Fast!!! (CO)

Airbnb’s continue to increase all over the country and, oftentimes, wreak havoc in community associations. Denver has a new ordinance 0262 that became effective December 31, 2016, throwing a slight monkey wrench into the process.  Pursuant to the new ordinance,

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Florida Associations Should Consider Amending Rental Provisions Now—CALL Alert for January 13, 2017

As we start the New Year and the 2017 legislative session, community associations should be reviewing their current rental provisions and deciding whether to propose any amendments to address minimum rental terms. If your association has a problem with short

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Short Term Rentals – A Growing Issue Impacting Community Associations

Home sharing services like VRBO and AirBnB have become increasingly popular around the country and throughout the world. In many cases, these services have provided a steady stream of income for property owners and, in some areas, have even sparked

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New changes, same division for Oxnard Shores community (CA)

A new chapter in the contentious saga that has grown to define the coastal neighborhood of Oxnard Shores has begun, but it remains to be seen whether the divisiveness will subside.  Central to the neighborhood disagreement is short-term rentals and

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Your condo probably has a rule against renting your unit out on Airbnb

Inauguration weekend is almost here, and it is estimated that more than a million visitors will be coming to Washington — some to applaud and some to protest the new president.  Where will all these people stay? Some will be

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Both sides of Mandalay shores short-term rental dispute court ruling claim victory (CA)

The battle over whether short-term residential rentals should be permitted is raging all along the California coast and has gotten far worse since on-line rental services have boomed. Investigations into feasibility of banning or severe restrictions by cities such as

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Sarasota senator wants state to bar short-term rental property restrictions (FL)

City and county governments would no longer be able to stop homeowners from renting their homes for less than a month or even just a week, under legislation a Sarasota Republican has filed.  Read the article…………..

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How Condominium Associations Can Deal with Airbnb Rentals (FL)

Online third-party rentals have become quite popular in recent years. Many unit owners see these companies as an opportunity to bring in additional income by renting out their unit on a short-term basis, sometimes even just for a weekend.  Most

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Ontario court upholds condo rule banning short-term rentals

Condo owners who rented their suite for short-term stays violated the building’s rules, an Ontario court ruled earlier this month.  The Ottawa condo’s single-family restriction, covered in the board’s declaration, was breached when the unit was rented out through websites

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Fireworks as strata owners launch fighting fund to keep short-stay rentals out

As Sydney readies for its biggest balcony-busting night of the holiday rental year, a group of high-powered apartment owners has launched a fighting fund to keep short-stay lets out of residential apartment buildings.  Read the article……………

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AirBNB & VRBO: Do My Neighbors Have a Say? (TX)

Following his transfer to Houston, Ruel Benda decided to keep his posh gated neighborhood Rodeo Drive house and started advertising it on AirBNB. His profits were so good that he began renting for 7 days or less. Insisting that Benda’s

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Miami Beach wants to know if you’re renting your condo on Airbnb (FL)

The city of Miami Beach wants to know if you plan to rent your condo on Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms.  City law permits short-term rentals only in certain areas of the Beach. Neighbors blame Airbnb and its competitors

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Judge orders city to hold off on implementing new Airbnb rules (IL)

A judge has ordered the city of Chicago to hold off on implementing new restrictions on Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms after a group of homeowners sued the city last month.  The lawsuit targeted the city’s new home-sharing rules, which

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Airbnb is banned from more and more Chicago condo buildings (IL)

As City Hall gets ready to enforce its new home-sharing regulations, the supply of Airbnb’s most important raw material—homes—is shrinking, and fast.  So far, 901 residential buildings with 88,993 units have placed themselves on a list of properties off-limits to

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Airbnb Is Incompatible with The “Single Family Use” Provision of Most Condo Declarations (ON)

With the growing interest in the “sharing of economy”, Airbnb and other short-term rental websites are often causing headaches within condominium communities across the province and beyond. In many cases, condominium corporations have had to adopt rules to attempt to

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Condominiums Battle Against Short-Term Rentals

With the growth in the “sharing economy”, many condominiums have been forced to turn their minds to the issue of short-term rentals. While some investor owners are listing their units on short-term rental sites in order to maximize the revenue

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Condo owners renting out parking spaces Airbnb-style (IL)

Using an app developed in Chicago, Arnold rents one of his spaces to a woman who keeps a car downtown for weekend use, and the other to a man who parks during working hours Monday to Friday. On weeknights and

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Neighbors’ short-term rentals have family in fear of their safety (KY)

A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive.    Read the article…………..

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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How Should Vacation Rentals Be Taxed? Missouri Lawmakers Hear From Stakeholders

The explosive growth and expansion of transient guest nightly rentals at the Lake has been good for homeowners and vacationers. Some families are opting to rent a home on the lake, where they can enjoy a kitchen and multiple living

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Short-term rentals, long-term fix

The planning department for the city of Spokane is trying to get the word out that short-term rental operators using online home-stay networks such as Airbnb and VRBO are required to obtain licenses from the city and state.  The Spokane

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Miami Beach puts off new rules for Airbnb rentals until December (FL)

If a property is within the zones where short-term rentals are allowed, owners would be required to submit a sworn affidavit to the city that the home or condo has obtained the appropriate business tax receipt and resort tax registration

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Condo concierges face off against tourists, partiers in Airbnb war (ON)

Outside the brightly decorated lobby of the 32-storey condominium tower at 600 Fleet St. stands artist Douglas Coupland’s statue of a giant British toy soldier standing over a fallen invading Yankee, commemorating the War of 1812. Inside, the building’s security

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City of San Diego addresses Short Term Rentals

The President of the San Diego City Council, Sherri Lightner called for a special meeting to take place yesterday to address the municipal code regarding visitor accommodations in short-term vacation rentals.  The meeting would clarify whether renting out the entirety

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Short Term Rental Court Case Summaries

A summary of cases relating to community associations and short-term rentals.      Read the article…………..

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How HOAs Can Solve Short-Term Rental Challenges

With the growing popularity of peer-to-peer short-term rental services like Airbnb and VRBO.com, HOA boards face a number of new, rental-related challenges. On one side are homeowners who want to generate income through their property. On the other side are

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New York and Airbnb head back to court over illegal short-term rentals, and it may all come down to the Communications Decency Act

In a spate of cases across the country, Airbnb is opening up a line of attack that pits Internet freedom against land use regulation. The shield Airbnb seeks to use these days is primarily the Communication Decency Act Section 230,

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New Arizona Law Could Affect Homeowner Associations

Governor Ducey signed SB1350 on June 12, 2016, and it becomes effective January 1, 2017. The bill prohibits municipalities from restricting or regulating the ability of homeowners to use their property as vacation rentals and short-term rentals, with certain specified

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Condo owner does battle with the AirBnB next door (AB)

Condo and apartment dwellers across the country are now doing battle in the hallways of their owns buildings, as neighbours grapple with a problem that didn’t exist even five years ago.  Edmonton’s Ninetta Tavano is one of those caught up

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Strata and hotelier communities furious as holiday let report sweeps away Airbnb restrictions (Australia)

Home-sharers, opportunist apartment owners and lobbyists of online holiday rental agencies are the clear winners in the report into holiday rental legislation to be tabled in parliament today.  On the other side, the obvious losers are strata residents who don’t

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Montana gateway and resort towns struggle with impact of vacation rentals

She said Montana vacation rentals are not allowed to be used as venues for large gatherings such as weddings. However, an independently managed rental near Red Lodge hosted a wedding with about 200 guests earlier this year. The event prompted

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Cathedral City vacation rental rules give power to HOAs (CA)

Cathedral City homeowners associations, like Cathedral Springs, Desert Princess and Canyon Shores, got a little more powerful Wednesday with the city’s approval of an ordinance amending its vacation rental regulations.  City Council voted 4-0, with Councilman Mark Carnevale absent, to

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Short Term Rentals in Community Associations and Cities – a Constantly-Changing Landscape

Rental restrictions have been a topic of conversation among those living in and serving community associations for several years. However, in the past few years the conversation has shifted from things such as rental caps to specific provisions regarding short

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NSW’s new strata laws have a sting in store for celebrating Airbnb fans

While court judgments such as the Watergate Docklands case are swinging in favour of the right to use residential apartments for short-term letting through sites like Stayz and Airbnb, the NSW government has quietly slipped a useful provision in its

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Short Term Rentals

Short-Term Rentals (“STRs”), which can encompass everything from nightly rentals to thirty day rentals to six month rentals, have become a hot button issue in common interest communities since the inception of websites such as airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. The

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Reasonable Doubt: are my neighbours allowed to rent their condo units through AirBNB?

Airbnb is a popular service that allows people to rent rooms, apartments and entire homes on a short-term basis. But the online community has come under fire in Toronto. As the proliferation of short-term rentals continues, condominium unit owners are

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Tenant turned Airbnb proprietor becomes landlord’s nightmare (ON)

But within days, before the rent cheques started bouncing, Tremblay’s tenancy turned into Mah’s nightmare when building staff advised the female occupant was renting the unit to multiple individuals, probably through Airbnb, a website offering short-term rentals in private homes.

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Strata crackdown locks out Airbnb guest (BC)

When Kyle MacDonald and his fiancé booked a five-night stay at a luxurious two-bedroom downtown suite through Airbnb, they didn’t expect to be caught in the crossfire between the owner and the building’s strata.  On their fourth day, the couple’s

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Should Your Condo Association Offer Short-Term Rentals?

Things are being changed around in the condo association industry now that we have services like Airbnb that offer short-term rentals. With these types of platforms, it’s fairly easy for property owners to rent out their spaces to travelers who

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New Services Help Associations Thwart Unauthorized Short-Term Rentals

The problem of short-term rentals with the help of Airbnb and other similar websites in violation of community association rules has quickly become one of the most pressing issues facing associations today. Even though Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO claim they

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